Thursday, January 25, 2018

When Is It Right to Die? A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying By Joni Eareckson Tada

When Is It Right to Die? A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying

By Joni Eareckson Tada
Published by Zondervan

Joni Eareckson Tada, paralyzed after a diving accident when she was young, is well qualified to write a book on death and dying.  Creator of the Beyond Suffering Bible, and other motivational and spiritual empowering books, she is able to directly speak to those whose grief and suffering is the heaviest.  This new look takes a good comforting look at the issue of death, grief and suffering- something that is common but not often talked about.  Those enduring terminal illness and touched by death do not have to feel isolated, when receiving words of comfort showing they are not alone and answering tough questions that most others would be judgmental and critical about.  There are many people who can benefit from this book- more than are modern day society and culture would like to admit.  This book represents the reality that is buried in social circles and popular media which glorifies youth, beauty and materialism.  A book like this needed to be written.  This book offers solid comfort and the assurance that this life isn't all there is and that there is hope beyond suffering, illness and death.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Zondervan for the purpose of writing this review.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Trade Your Cares for Calm

By Max Lucado
Published by Thomas Nelson  is a new small sized gift book featuring selected excerpts from Lucado's works along side beautiful landscape and mountain photography.  This simple to read book can be read cover to cover or by topic.  Journaling space allows the reader to gather his or her thoughts.  While the space isn't sufficient for lengthy journaling, the prompts can be used to start your own journal.  This is the perfect book to read if you have little time to squeeze for daily inspiration.  Unlike Max Lucado's chapter books, this book is a great introduction to Lucado's inspirational style for those unable to read a full sized book.  For those experiencing the stress and crisis, the short passages are perfect for offering quick comfort and an eternal perspective.  While the mountain scenery theme is beautiful, I would have also liked to seen cityscapes and other scenery that might be more relevant or relatable to more readers.  As a blogger for Booklook I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.